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Katz’s joy over album tempered by loss

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The members of Albuquerque-based Bad Katz Blues Band can hardly wait. After a year of working on its album, “9 Lives,” the band is ready for its release on Saturday, July 16.

“We’re excited to see the music done,” said Anna Marie, the lead singer. “It’s been quite a process for us to get it done.”

Bad Katz, like other bands, has had its trials and tribulations. Along with balancing full-time jobs, the band had to deal with the death of keyboardist Gary Howe in February.

Bad Katz Blues Band CD Release Party
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16
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HOW MUCH: Free

Anna Marie said the band had already recorded tracks before Howe’s death.

“It really struck the band hard,” she said. “Dave (Dyer) and Tony (Vigil) had played with Gary for over 25 years, and it was a big blow. We pulled together and because of the familylike atmosphere, we were able to get the album finished.”

Jay Rodecap, the lead guitarist and a vocalist, said the band had been together about a year and all the members wanted to go into the studio. He said he started to put rough drafts of songs together.

“Then we’d get into the studio and the others would give their input,” he said. “After we got all of it situated, we were on a roll.”

Vigil, the bassist, said the actual recording time in the studio took about three days.

“After we got all of the preproduction done, it was a quick process,” he said.

Nick Quint, the harp player, said the band finds itself in a difficult spot because of losing its keyboard player.

He said Vigil’s son is stepping in for the shows for the time being.

“We may eliminate keyboards altogether,” he said. “We’re just searching for a new direction.”

As far as the album goes, Quint said it’s filled with different styles of music.

“I wouldn’t call it a blues CD,” he said. “We have Cajun-sounding songs and plenty of jazz songs. It’s a mixture of music with a blues twist.”

As the band moves on, Anna Marie said she’s ready to see where the band goes.

“What’s great about the band is the camaraderie,” she said. “We’re a tight-knit family and have been through a lot. I think our strength shows in our songs and am proud of the music we are putting out.”

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